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Coffee Kiosk McDonald’s counters Fight for $15 with automation

Calls for a minimum-wage hike nationwide and in Illinois are increasingly met with businesses’ use of technology to cut costs.

Source: www.illinoispolicy.org

The Fight for $15 campaign plans to target McDonald’s on April 14 as part of a new pre-Tax Day tradition, led by the Service Employees International Union, or SEIU.

Chicago is one of 300 cities worldwide where strikes and

Coffee Kiosk McDonalds Self Service
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protests are scheduled. SEIU has spent $70 million on its Fight for $15 campaign. The union’s Local 73 represents more than 28,000 government workers in Illinois and Indiana.

Protestors may want to stop by the McDonald’s at Adams and Wells to meet their replacement – an automated McCafé kiosk.

The store, which is anticipating Chicago’s minimum-wage increase to $13 an hour by 2019, is testing out coffee kiosks in the restaurant instead of having employees serve it. The kiosk features a touch-pad for ordering and paying. The screen also prompts customers to answer questions about their kiosk experience, giving the impression this is something that could be adopted as an alternative to hiring. This kind of automation, which replaces a human employee with technology, is one of the unintended consequences of Chicago’s minimum-wage increase.

It may not just be a coffee machine either. Other McDonald’s locations have used self-service kiosks with touch-screens for paying. And while self-serve kiosks don’t seem too unusual, San Francisco-based Momentum Machines has created a robotic hamburger-making machine the company claims can produce 400 high-quality burgers in an hour with minimal human supervision.

Feniks Inc. Acquires Rubi Coffee Kiosk Business From Outerwall

deal includes the Rubi brand name, technology and associated intellectual property, along with the completed inventory of Rubi coffee kiosks.

 

Craig Keefner‘s insight:

Feniks founded by Jim Craig, Travis Pierce, and Doug Coppenbarger — all three from Rubi kiosk team at Outerwall. Feniks has $1.5m in funding to re-launch the Rubi Micro-Café concept over the next two months and will work closely with vending operators around the country to deploy Rubi in retail stores, college campuses, hospitals, and workplaces.

 

In addition, Feniks announced the hire of Joel Espelien as VP Corporate Development and General Counsel. Espelien is a well-known member of the Seattle start-up community.

 

“Our work on the Rubi Micro-Café over the past few years has successfully demonstrated the demand for a next generation coffee kiosk that delivers a premium quality product with an elevated user experience,” notes CEO Jim Craig. “With consumers spending over $18B each year on coffee away from home, we are incredibly excited to continue developing the Rubi platform and bringing great coffee to new places where it is currently hard to find.”

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